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Forensic Radiography

This course develops knowledge, expertise and skills in the practice – legal and professional - of forensic radiography.

Course description
The focus will be on the history and role of forensic radiography in forensic medicine and science, an introduction to medico-legal aspects of forensic radiography, practical approaches and issues in forensic radiography, roles and responsibilities, injury processes and pathologies, and an introduction to developments in forensic radiography.

The role and responsibilities of the radiographer, together with evidence-based, safe and legal practice is emphasised throughout. Students are provided with a set of skills that will allow them to develop or to enhance an existing forensic imaging service.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge Outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Provide an introductory theoretical background for radiographers to undertake forensic radiography examinations.
2. Consider the application of this theory to practice.
3. Discuss the legal issues surrounding the practice of forensic radiography in Ireland.
4. Provide radiographers with the basic skills required to deal with ante and post mortem cause.

This module builds on students' existing knowledge. The module allows the students to develop a wider appreciation and understanding of forensic imaging and its current applications.

Professional Skills
On completion of this module students will be able to gather, analyse and critically evaluate information from a wide range of sources. Students should also be able to critically reflect and evaluate their individual professional practice and knowledge base in order to recognise their need for continuous professional development and lifelong learning.

Entry requirements

Who should take this course?
This course is targeted towards:
- Practising radiographers (with varying levels of forensic radiography experience)
- Non-radiography forensic professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of forensic radiography and related issues.

It may also act as an entry level module for further studies up to masters level or for research in forensic imaging.

Entry criteria
- BSc in Radiography/Diagnostic Imaging or equivalent.
- One year of post-qualification experience in Radiography/Diagnostic Imaging or other forensic discipline is desirable.

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.


4 months part-time

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Director
Dr. Jonathan McNulty
School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F: + 353 1 716 6547


Course Features
- Enables radiographers and forensic professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to optimise the use of radiography in forensic investigations.
- Blended learning approach combines theoretical sessions with hands-on practical sessions and small group discussion sessions.
- Sessions facilitated by specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of forensic practice.

The course is composed of:
Lecture attendance
Practical demonstrations
Small group sessions
Online learning
Practical workshops

This course is of relevance to all radiographers (regardless of level of forensic radiography experience).

This professional certificate is taught over four full days (TBC).

Application date

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The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: January Annually

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